Help at a non-profit organization dedicated to public health in rural Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Bolivia

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  • Description

    Description

    Welcome to our Community Center, a 96 acre plot of tropical forest. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to public health in rural Bolivia. The center offers service learning opportunities for university students from abroad, and multiple day workshops for local village leaders, elected authorities, health care workers, and community health promoters. We are in the early stage of development, therefore our focus is on soliciting groups from abroad, constructing and maintaining the grounds and cabins with cleaning as needed. The center provides lodging in rustic cabins, with homemade meals prepared by local women when groups are present. The outdoor classrooms connect the participants with the natural surroundings. In this initial phase, we are focused on creating model systems for a variety of demonstrations including, water filtration, renewable energy, organic gardens, medicinal plant gardens, walking trails, dry composting latrines, and more. These models will inform and inspire visitors to implement the model in their community, to improve the quality of health and disease prevention in their home and village, cultivating a culture of sharing and collaborating.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Art project

  • Help

    Help

    *️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️We are currently seeking SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER (1 month minimum)*️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️
    Help promote our international training center via social tactics, promotional materials and blogging! Seeking a creative individual (desired stay of 1 month) to expand our newly formed social channels to solicit followers and gain new business opportunities related to public health and education. Video making, graphic design and captivating testimonials are an added bonus. Please send us a link to any existing work examples.

    *️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️We are currently seeking CARPENTER/MASON*️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️
    Our international team of volunteers and employees is calling out to the universe for a passionate individual for help on construction and building projects. The ideal candidate would have a masonry and/or carpentry skillset as well as the ability to work individually and with a team. We are open to ideas and creativity and many volunteers have left their impact at our center. Current objectives include: building a brick fire pit with benches, constructing a deck/patio for cabin, setting door frames and hanging doors, building wooden terraces and bamboo archways, etc.

    Volunteers are invited to help with the following tasks (any combination): gardening (sowing, planting, harvesting, weeding), general maintenance (repairs, painting, power washing), nature path maintenance (raking, clearing branches, repairing bridges), signage, landscaping, building with natural materials, carpentry, implementation of model systems (organic agriculture, water purification, renewable energy), painting, and creative artistic improvements (of existing structures, or using natural materials to create artwork). Preparation for arriving groups may include cleaning of cabins and bathrooms as well as making beds.

    This workaway experience is for volunteers who are looking for more than just a place to sleep, eat, and work. We focus on teamwork, positive energy, and exchanging/sharing experiences. The days may be long but we all share in the rewards at the end of the day.

    We rely greatly on the work of volunteers to keep our training center running smoothly. Any cancellations to our agreed upon on volunteering will affect our business. Please consider this before applying.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Bolivia is an amazingly diverse country. We are located in the tropical forest, surrounded by trees and animals. It is a peaceful refuge where you can reflect and focus, but also continuously learn from nature. The incredible diversity of animals, insects, plants, and trees provides you with the opportunity to observe and learn. Your time here will be filled with opportunities to experiment, build, garden, and put ideas into action. Our project is located 9 km from Buena Vista, a quaint town that has preserved its traditions.

    If volunteers are interested in participating in community projects (workshops, presentations, dry latine construction, etc) we coordinate with our staff to allow volunteers to travel to sites to see how our model systems are implemented. It is a great way to experience rural Bolivia and learn more about our organization.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Rustic cabin with electricity, water, bathroom, shower, furniture, bedding, and towel. Access to communal kitchen, fully equipped, and open air dining area.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The center is located 9 km from the town of Buena Vista, down a dirt road. It is a fairly remote location with limited access to phone and internet. We arrange transportation to and from town for purchasing supplies. It is a humid, tropical environment with lots of insects and wild animals. We are located near the Amboro National Park, where you can hike along rivers and waterfalls, see tropical birds and wildlife, and camp. Buena Vista is a 25 minute drive away; it is a quaint, traditional town that offers a beautiful shade filled plaza, restaurants (with wifi), bars, a local produce market, locally produced cacao, coffee, and citrus and frequent cultural events.

    We welcome volunteers who appreciate nature, animals, and are conscious of their impact on the environment. We value honesty, respect, and careful use of resources, creativity, and coordinated teamwork. The Buena Vista market provides fresh local fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products, bread, and dry goods. We shop twice a week at the market, to keep the kitchen stocked with the ingredients for you to prepare your own meals. The kitchen is fully equipped. Shared meals are encouraged. We am vegetarian and we ask that you refrain from the consumption of meat at our facility.

    The phone and internet access is restricted (due to available signal, not by choice!). We built a 30 meter high antenna tower to get the phone/internet signal, which works in the reception/office area only. You can purchase a modem stick (Tigo or Entel) for $40 USD to use for your computer, or simply use phone cards for your smartphone.
    There are motorcycle taxis ($3 USD one way) to and from the town of Buena Vista (9km, 25 minutes). We have a jeep for coordinating trips into town and other communities nearby.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day. Monday-Friday, 2 days off






































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